Sunday football is here. And it is glorious.
The Eagles have the day off so we get to be casual fans and just go from game to game. The Bengals at the Bears looks good. Can Seattle shut down Cam Newton? That’ll be interesting to check out. Atlanta at New Orleans is a great NFC South matchup.
I think we all have some interest in how Big Red does in his debut with the Chiefs. I hope Andy has great success out there. I’d love to see him win a Super Bowl (but only after us of course). I’m praying he doesn’t throw the ball 40 times today, but he’s got me nervous. I’m not sure Andy has changed.
The big game for us is the SNF battle between the Boys and Gmen. I tend to cheer against Dallas in this game, but it is hard to support Eli and the gang. What do you guys do?
It will be interesting to see how Dallas does with their new defense. I’m also curious to see how JPP looks for the Giants. This is a crucial year for him. He was a dominant player in 2011. Not even close in 2012. How will he respond?
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Speaking of the Giants…Jimmy Bama poked some holes in them with this post.
He actually has some good nuggets in there. I was shocked to see how pedestrian Hakeem Nicks was for most of the year. Take out his dominant game vs the Bucs and he was an average WR the rest of the year. And that might be a generous description.
You must click to see Jimmy’s artistic rendering of OT Justin Pugh…he of the short arms. Classic.
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The Eagles released CB Brandon Hughes. They didn’t add anyone.
This could be a deal where they add a veteran player after Monday. If a veteran is on your roster for the season opener, his money is guaranteed for the season. If you sign him after the opener, he becomes a week-to-week guy. Don’t get all excited at the thought of a big name guy. There aren’t many of them on the street right now. Could just be some veteran player the Eagles want to give a shot to, but don’t want to commit to. Signing a player like that on Tuesday would make total sense.
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Kirk Herbstreit mentioned during the ND/Michigan game that he can’t wait to see how Chip Kelly does in the opener, as well as the whole year. There will be a ton of eyes on Kelly this fall. NFL owners and GMs want to know if an oddball outsider like him can succeed in the NFL, where innovation comes slowly. College coaches want to know if there is hope for them at the next level.
I’m sure Kevin Sumlin from Texas A&M and Brian Kelly from Notre Dame will have a keen eye on Chip and the Eagles. If Chip’s ideas translate well to the league, those coaches may really listen to offers this time around.
There was a time when it seemed the way to go was leaving the NFL for college. Pete Carroll was thriving at USC. June Jones was doing great at Hawaii. Steve Spurrier built South Carolina into a powerhouse. Jim Mora talked openly of wanting to coach the University of Washington…while he was the Falcons coach. Dave Wannstedt was at Pitt. Bobby Petrino tried the NFL and went flying back to college as fast as possible. Nick Saban spent 2 years at Miami before realizing he was an SEC guy and not an NFL guy.
Chip Kelly jumping to the NFL is big news. Jim Harbaugh was a former NFL QB so having him come to the league wasn’t such a huge deal. Kelly was a pure college coach. Heck, he had a small college background before landing at Oregon.
The world will be watching Kelly and the Eagles. I think half wants him to fail miserably. The other half wants him to succeed. The NFL needs some outside blood and new ideas.